I made a simple error when moving my msp430 microcontroller onto a breadboard: I didn't tie the reset pin to Vcc! I couldn't figure out why my project (for now a simple blinking LED) wasn't working, but a quick search showed the answer on the 43oh forums.
I've learned a lot recently about ActionScript, C, and electronics. This whole past year I've made good use of my time to teach myself programming. Hopefully next year I'll see some practical use out of what I've learned.